Queen of the Mic!

9 year-old Lydia Kirk, oral history interviewer
Katrina Proctor
Queen's Royal Jubilee visit to Mansfield, 1977
Mr G Churm

Lydia Kirk reads the transcript of an interview with her grandad

Over the Christmas holidays, 9-year-old Lydia Kirk, one of the children from Asquith Primary School who were trained as oral history interviewers, sat down with her grandad and asked him to share a memory of Mansfield. Their conversation took him back to 1977 when the Queen visited the town – a time of flared trousers, platform shoes and glam rock! Lydia then went a step further and recorded herself reading the transcript of the interview. When you listen to it, you’ll realise why we’ve called her Queen of the Mic.

Lydia’s mum Katrina said, “The project has allowed Lydia to bring out her creative side and she really enjoyed recording herself and playing it back!! For me, it was lovely to see her chatting with my dad and sharing the news with him that other people enjoyed what they had managed to create together.”

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